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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

This rustic cabin, located in Topanga Canyon in California, was designed by Mason St. Peter—a graduate of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. While visiting a friend in a similar studio, St. Peter was inspired and began to work with the owner to create a space of their own using his materials. 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

When I wrote my recent feature Test I ignored the usual advice about screenwriting structure. It was a leap of faith and an experiment in not knowing. Compared to earlier writing experiences (a co-written first feature, The New Twenty, and two other scripts that didn’t get made), the process may have been difficult, but it felt right. In addition to letting myself not know the story until after it was written, I also ignored standard industry orthodoxy about keeping description to a minimum. I wanted a movie with long sequences that had no dialogue, that depended on image and sound.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Laura Braun

Austrian artist Markus Schinwald likes to start with an already created work and add on. For example, in his first major U.S. show at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, he has retooled Chippendale-style table legs, making them into sculptures that crawl up the walls or wrap around bronze poles. He also buys 19th century paintings and adds things to them – jewelry, braces, head coverings or chains. 

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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Laura Braun

“I’m going to damn it with faint praise,” says Nathan Shedroff, Chair of the Design MBA program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, calling it a “missed opportunity” and “a safe, nice, corporate exterior. Southwest’s whole brand persona has more personality than we’re seeing on the outside of this plane.”

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Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

Like other artistic power couples—Charles and Ray Eames, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, or even John Lennon and Yoko Ono—the seminal work of Bob Stocksdale (1913‑2003), the father of American wood turning, and master fiber artist and weaver Kay Sekimachi (1926-)- proved that they’re better together. After World War II, Stocksdale, who grew up on a farm in Indiana, moved to California and bought a Victorian duplex in South Berkeley where he set about creating seemingly impossible-to-turn bowls and furniture of diseased and rare woods.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

Painting came first for De Palma, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree from California College of the Arts in Oakland. But while running a craft gallery in Cambria with mixed-media artist Ruth Fash in the mid-1990s, she realized she was missing out.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Laura Braun

We do teach industrial design very differently than we did ten years ago. Young industrial designers today have to be versatile, collaborative, empathic and forward thinking. We are no longer the midpoint between form and function, or the end-of-the-line "beautifying" process. Many other factors are shaping a product today: the business model, manufacturability, material sourcing and pricing, cultural fit, emotional connection... The complexity is much greater every day, and products cannot be created without industrial designers understanding the greater context.

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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

So Mathis, a senior at the California College of the Arts, channeled this frustration into inspiration for her printmaking, which is on display until September 12 at the Isabelle Percy West Gallery on the college’s Oakland campus, along with work by five fellow printmakers. The 19th annual Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship Awards Exhibition highlights work by exceptional printmaking students.

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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

I'm a photographer and director. I began taking photos as a teenager going to punk shows in the Midwest where my family had moved from the Bay Area. My mother was a flight attendant and my father a pilot, so at a very early age I was traveling constantly and always had my camera with me. I went to school at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and immediately began working as a photographer. My first feature film, Echo Park, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. I live in LA now but I am always at home in an airport or on a plane.

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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

Raised in the San Fernando Valley, Sultan moved to Northern California in the early 1970s, but continued to draw inspiration from the architecture, atmosphere, and attitude of the Southern California of his youth. A lifelong educator, Sultan taught photography at the San Francisco Art Institute for 10 years (1978–88) and the California College of the Arts for 20 years (1989–2009) where he served as a Distinguished Professor of Photography.

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